Much snark has been directed toward President Obama for his decision to spend this Memorial Day weekend in Chicago rather than in Washington. Right-wing hysteria generally attributes this to Obama's rocky relationship with the military and overall disdain for the troops. After all, every president honors the fallen in-person at Arlington National Cemetery, right?
Via firedoglake, not so much:
The critics were either ignorant of the facts or they failed to mention the 2007 Veterans Day ceremony when Vice President Dick Cheney spoke while President George W. Bush observed the holiday in Texas.
Vice President Dan Quayle laid the wreath at Arlington on Memorial Day, 1992. I recall covering President George H.W. Bush, a distinguished World War II vet, as he marked the holiday that year at his favorite vacation spot, Kennebunkport, Maine, where he spoke to a veterans group.
Back in 1983, a Defense Department official laid the Memorial Day wreath at Arlington when Ronald Reagan was at a G-7 Summit meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Republicans never let the facts stand between them and a good faux outrage.